Grinnell College is committed to providing a website that is accessible to the widest possible audience, regardless of technology or ability.
This website endeavors to comply with best practices and standards as defined by Section 508 of the U.S. Rehabilitation Act and level AA of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0. These guidelines explain how to make web content more accessible for people with disabilities. Conformance with these guidelines will help make the web more user-friendly for all people.
If you would like additional assistance or have accessibility concerns, please contact the Office of Communications, 641-269-3400.
All site pages are being run through a W3C compliant validation product, currently SiteImprove™, to monitor compliancy to WCAG guidelines.
We will continue to test the site to make sure that all content on the site is accessible to all visitors.
We will also continue to work to improve the accessibility standards of our website.
This site includes the following accessibility features:
- Skip to content
- Alternative text detail for images (currently in progress for older images)
- Captioned videos
Known Accessibility Issues
We are currently working to fix the following issues (as of January 2015):
- Event listings on the homepage and Latest News pages are provided by a third party and do not comply with WCAG AA standards.
- New text content is now added to the site using appropriate structural markup. We are reviewing older content and continuously working to make it compliant.
- New videos are added with captions and transcripts. We are currently working to provide captions and transcripts for older audio and video materials.
- Images added to the site prior to October 2013 may lack alternative text detail.
- Heading elements (i.e. <h1>-<h6>) do not descend in order, as the page menus are not coded properly. We are revising our menu structure in the second quarter of 2015.
- W3C accessibility guidelines, which explains the reasons behind each guideline.
- U.S. Federal Government Section 508 accessibility guidelines.
- JAWS, a screen reader for Windows. A time-limited, downloadable demo is available.
- Easy Web Browsing, a web browser reader for Windows. A downloadable demo is available.
- Lynx, a free text-only web browser for blind users with refreshable Braille displays.
- Links, a free text-only web browser for visual users with low bandwidth.
- Opera, a visual browser with many accessibility-related features, including text zooming, user stylesheets, image toggle. A free downloadable version is available. Compatible with Windows, Macintosh, Linux, and several other operating systems.
- WAVE, a free service from WebAIM to analyze web pages for compliance to accessibility guidelines.
- HTML Validator, a free service for checking that web pages conform to published HTML standards.
- Web Page Backward Compatibility Viewer, a tool for viewing your web pages without a variety of modern browser features.
- Lynx Viewer, a free service for viewing what your web pages would look like in Lynx.
- WebAIM, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving accessibility to online learning materials.